The kingdom of God is more than just a future paradise to which modern Christians look for their salvation. In his book The Kingdom of God and the Glory of the Cross, P. Schreiner defines the kingdom of God as: the king’s power, over the king’s people, in the king’s place(1). He goes on to explain that God’s purpose is to complete his kingdom, which;
- Started with the physical creation
- Was inaugurated by His Son on the cross (Daniel 2:31-45)
- Continues as a new creation by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit
- Is established on earth for one thousand years at the return of Christ – the King of Kings
- Ultimately comes to earth, where God’s dwelling place will be
1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
In this article we look at God’s redemptive work in Christ through the topical framework of the kingdom of God. To do this, we review Christ’s kingdom-building process through the ages with the nation of Israel and with those who were not a people – the Gentiles. What we find is that the hopes of Israel and those faithful in Christ appear to point to a common destination.
The difference between inheriting the Kingdom of God and dwelling in it is derived from noticing the various characteristics used to describe the kingdom throughout the Bible. In some cases, these references are clearly physical and of the earth, while others are clearly spiritual and of the heavenly realm. This article looks at these differences and connects them with the will of God and his work in Christ.
This question challenges the traditional teaching on the kingdom of God by suggesting there are three distinct kingdoms. The discovery begins in 1 Corinthians 15:20-26.
In addition to these articles, gain access to the detail of how God plans to conclude his work in Israel and the world during his earthly kingdom reign.
- The Kingdom of God and the Glory of the Cross, Patrick Schreiner (pg 18)
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